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      Joel Silver

      Joel Silver

      Highest Rated: 97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 3% The Apparition (2012)

      Birthday: Jul 14, 1952

      Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA

      The guiding hand behind such Hollywood hits as "Commando" (1985), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988), Joel Silver helped redefine the American action film near the turn of the century, while shifting the label of auteur away from the film director to the producer. Having paid his dues as an assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon following his graduation from film school, Silver swiftly worked his way up the industry ladder, earning a producer's credit with Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." (1982). With the formation of his own company, Silver stamped a fresh template for the Hollywood action film, dialing up the violence quotient from previous decades while leavening the mixture with ample doses of humor. Silver also altered the genre recipe by making movie stars out of nontraditional performers from the worlds of professional sports and stand-up comedy. His outsized ego branded him persona non grata at several major studios, but Silver's track record for success was inarguable - especially after the box office juggernaut that was "The Matrix" (1999) and its sequels, which pushed his profit margin into the multi-billions. Often demonized by critics for emphasizing style - and explosions - over substance, Silver nonetheless came to represent the state of the art of big box office Hollywood filmmaking, earning by sheer force of will and a savvy sense of the next big thing the mantle of mega-producer.

      Highest rated movies

      Who Framed Roger Rabbit poster Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes 3 Producer - 2023
      51% 46% Superfly Producer $20.5M 2018
      28% 26% Suburbicon Executive Producer $5.7M 2017
      24% 35% Collide Producer $2.2M 2016
      91% 79% The Nice Guys Producer $36.2M 2016
      80% 78% Veronica Mars Executive Producer $3.3M 2014
      61% 63% Non-Stop Producer $91.7M 2014
      3% 35% Getaway Executive Producer $10.5M 2013
      45% 39% Bullet to the Head Executive Producer $9.5M 2012
      No Score Yet 21% Stash House Producer - 2012
      No Score Yet 30% Bullet Executive Producer - 2012
      3% 24% The Apparition Producer $26.8K 2012
      No Score Yet 19% Dragon Eyes Producer - 2012
      28% 61% Project X Executive Producer $54.7M 2012
      59% 77% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Producer $186.8M 2011
      55% 55% Unknown Producer $63.7M 2011
      48% 54% The Losers Producer $23.6M 2010
      47% 64% The Book of Eli Producer $94.8M 2010
      69% 77% Sherlock Holmes Producer $209.0M 2009
      26% 54% Ninja Assassin Producer $38.1M 2009
      7% 21% Whiteout Producer $10.3M 2009
      58% 63% Orphan Producer $41.6M 2009
      60% 71% RocknRolla Producer $5.7M 2008
      41% 60% Speed Racer Producer $43.9M 2008
      21% 45% Fred Claus Producer $72.0M 2007
      43% 64% The Brave One Producer $36.8M 2007
      20% 40% The Invasion Producer $15.1M 2007
      8% 49% The Reaping Producer $25.1M 2007
      73% 90% V for Vendetta Producer - 2006
      86% 87% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Producer $4.2M 2005
      27% 42% House of Wax Producer $32.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 95% Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Unknown (Character) - 2005
      34% 60% The Matrix Revolutions Producer $139.3M 2003
      14% 45% Gothika Producer $59.6M 2003
      73% 72% The Matrix Reloaded Producer $281.5M 2003
      26% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Producer $34.6M 2003
      15% 37% Ghost Ship Producer $30.1M 2002
      No Score Yet 50% Jane Doe Executive Producer - 2001
      18% 49% Thirteen Ghosts Executive Producer $41.9M 2001
      25% 59% Swordfish Producer $69.8M 2001
      33% 45% Exit Wounds Producer $51.8M 2001
      No Score Yet 16% Proximity Producer - 2000
      10% 20% Dungeons & Dragons Executive Producer $15.2M 2000
      32% 61% Romeo Must Die Producer $56.0M 2000
      No Score Yet 49% Made Men Producer - 1999
      31% 42% House on Haunted Hill Producer $40.8M 1999
      88% 85% The Matrix Producer $171.4M 1999
      52% 64% Lethal Weapon 4 Producer $129.8M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Tap Producer - 1997
      25% 26% Fathers' Day Producer $28.7M 1997
      57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Producer $76.1M 1997
      15% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Executive Producer $5.6M 1996
      63% 53% Executive Decision Producer $55.7M 1996
      12% 14% Fair Game Producer $11.2M 1995
      16% 45% Assassins Producer - 1995
      26% 32% Richie Rich Producer $37.1M 1994
      62% 66% Demolition Man Producer $57.2M 1993
      58% 61% Lethal Weapon 3 Producer $142.0M 1992
      74% 52% Ricochet Producer $20.6M 1991
      46% 68% The Last Boy Scout Producer $57.9M 1991
      33% 56% Hudson Hawk Producer $16.4M 1991
      25% 67% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Producer $19.9M 1990
      31% 44% Predator 2 Producer $28.3M 1990
      70% 70% Die Hard 2 Producer $115.3M 1990
      No Score Yet 33% Parker Kane Executive Producer - 1990
      42% 66% Road House Producer $27.4M 1989
      82% 77% Lethal Weapon 2 Producer $144.9M 1989
      13% 32% Action Jackson Producer $19.6M 1988
      94% 94% Die Hard Producer $81.0M 1988
      97% 85% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Raoul (Director) (Character) $152.8M 1988
      80% 87% Predator Producer $54.4M 1987
      80% 86% Lethal Weapon Producer $61.0M 1987
      27% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Producer $24.5M 1986
      67% 67% Commando Producer $34.9M 1985
      56% 69% Weird Science Producer - 1985
      35% 55% Brewster's Millions Producer - 1985
      68% 70% Streets of Fire Producer - 1984
      94% 69% 48 HRS. Producer - 1982
      88% 88% The Warriors Associate Producer - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Executive Producer 2004-2007
      65% 82% Entourage Himself (Guest Star) 2007
      40% No Score Yet Freedom Executive Producer 2000
      13% No Score Yet The Strip Executive Producer 1999-2000
      82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992